Local authorities will be forced to cut spending on infrastructure and social care to support households losing out through the government’s welfare reforms, according to a study on the impact of benefit changes.
Looking at the state of the roads in my local area, I fail to see just what ‘less spending’ might look like, frankly.
Sharon Taylor, chairwoman of the LGA’s finance panel, said councils would be forced to raid other budgets, which were already being squeezed, in order to help tenants suffering as a result of housing benefit changes.
I suppose not helping them isn’t even an option on the table, then?
“Unless more is done to create new jobs and homes, households will be pushed into financial hardship and we will see a huge rise in the number of people going to their councils asking for help to make ends meet.”
It is NOT the responsibility of government, local or otherwise, to ‘help people make ends meet’. Whatever happened to living within your means?
The TUC general secretary, Frances O’Grady, said: “The government has tried to sell its welfare reforms on the back of mistruths and nasty stereotypes. However, this research exposes what a devastating impact its policies are having on communities throughout the country.
“Ministers are not cracking down on cheats as they claim, but destroying the safety net that our welfare state is meant to provide for those who fall on hard times through no fault of their own. “
People like Karen, Frances?
People desperate to try to avoid looking as though they can pick up a potato, so they won’t lose their benefits?